Durham © John Zager
Durham: In Changing Light
photographs by John Zager
August 19 through September 10, 2011
John Zager is native to Duluth, Minnesota, but lived in Durham, North Carolina while his fiancé, now wife, attend graduate school. They now live in Seattle. While in Durham, Zager explored “the awe-inspiring beauty” of North Carolina from the mountains to the coast. Naturally, living in Durham, a substantial part of his time was also devoted to capturing scenes of the city and surrounding area. His style and perspective shows Durham in a different “Changing Light” than what you have seen from other artists.
When starting out with a camera, Zager fine-tuned his eye and photographic skills using his grandfather’s 1970s vintage Minolta SLR. Photographing the beauty of northern Minnesota, the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior, and Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where his family has lake cabins, helped develop Zager’s style and influenced his photographs of North Carolina. Today, like most photographers, he relies on digital cameras and the computer for his photographic work. Viewing Durham: In Changing Light, and with the upcoming publication of his book of the same title, he clearly uses the tools at his disposal to best advantage.